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has been one of the tensest weeks of the entire obama presidency, just think about it, you had the bombing in boston on monday, followed by those ricin letters, one addressed to the president, another addressed up to a senator on capitol hill and, of course, you had the explosion in texas. now, obviously nothing connecting those other events with this but all contributing to a very tense week for the homeland security team. >> of course, this is the anniversary muof the waco bombings. i'm here with dan abrams, and let's talk a little more about the possibility that these men may have been from chechnya. that is an area known to be a hotbed of terrorism. >> and the question always is, how closely allied are the ch h chechen terrorists with al qaeda. they've been long fighting in russia. that's been their battle but the issue is that very often they have been bringing in from the arab peninsula and other places other fighters, have carous moussaoui was a recruiter for them. chechen fighters have long been fighting alongside u.s. forces in 2001 so no question there are questions.
to be terrorized. >> reporter: when president obama asked us to stay vigilant in the wake of the attacks, he may not have foreseen this. bomb-sniffing dogs and robots working overtime. americans seeing something and saying something in droves. >> you feel safer by seeing it but brings it to the forefront of what could happen. >> reporter: a rash of suspicious packages called in to 911 tuesday. >> they located an abandoned box in the trash can that's suspicious in nature. it has wires coming out of it. >> reporter: a bomb-sniffing dog took out this hair dryer. in new jersey, an unattended bag shut down the pat train. police in new york city fielded 77 such reports in less than 24 hours, three times the norm. >> it would be easier if we just did pay attention, but if yesterday doesn't refresh your memory, i don't know what would. >> reporter: the epicenter of the jitters quite justifiably boston, where streets this morning are filled with armored vehicles, heavily armed cops and the national guard. at logan airport officials removed all passengers from a u.s. air flight because of concerns over a
area hospitals and just after 6:00 p.m., president obama addresses the country. >> make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this. >> investigators searching for clues as to who is behind the bombings all night long and abc's chief investigative correspondent brian ross is here and he's been reporting on it all night. brian? >> reporter: well, good morning, george. there is a killer at large. and with no one in custody, and no sense that there might be more terror attacks coming, the search for the people behind this is -- could not be more urgent. overnight a tip about possible explosives led federal agents to search an apartment on the fifth floor of this building in the boston suburb of revere. agents later told residents there was nothing to worry about. but the quick law enforcement response underscored the urgency of the fbi's effort to track and stop the people responsible for monday's attack. >> the maker of the device intended for the device to go off simultaneously, and he had absolutely no regard for, you know, women, children, runners, innocent people. [ sirens ] >> rep
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